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Cannot remove memory card write protection Nikon Coolpixs9

All of the sudden, my camera tells me "memory card write protected" when I try to take a photo or delete a photo. I Tried using a new memory card, however, got the same message. The menu will not allow me to adjust the memory proctection settings. The camera is practically useless at this point.


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  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    Is it a SD card? Check the little security slider switch on the edge of the card hasn't been slid the wrong way - try it the other way and see if it works.

    If not SD, we need the model of Nikon you have, the make and capacity of the memory card and any other info you think may help.




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Take your memory card out and look to see if you may have moved the sliding switch on the memory card, if you have move it back.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

  • Nightshade41 Dec 05, 2010

    Gough2960--- You are officially my hero! My husband's camera did the same thing and I was clueless on how to fix it...Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!


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Haha, my dear friend, you can't see there is a "read only switch" in the memory card body?
so you can change the protection settings in the card not in your camera.


Posted on Feb 13, 2009


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